Spinal Fusion Surgery Recovery: One to Three Months Post-Operation

Spinal Fusion Surgery Recovery: One to Three Months Post-Operation

During the initial few months following a spine fusion, it is best to avoid excess motion and stress at the fused segments. It is during this time that the fusion bone mass is becoming established. Certain types of movement to avoid include:

  • Excess lifting (anything over 10 to 15 pounds)
  • Bending
  • Twisting

Sometimes the surgeon may prescribe a back brace to help immobilize the back. If a back brace is prescribed, it is typically recommended to wear it for 6 weeks to 3 months after surgery.

At the same time, it is important to resume normal daily activities. However, there may be some activities, either at home or at work, which should not be done. If your job includes physical activities, then you may not return to work, sometimes even for six months.

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Article written by: John E. Sherman, MD